Sacred Animal Images in Precontact Southeastern Rock Art

Author(s): Jan Simek; Alan Cressler

Year: 2018


Walter Klippel has always focused his research on animal remains from archaeological sites, especially from Southeast North America. In honor of his retirement, we review how animals are depicted in Precontact rock art sites from the region he knew so well. A wide variety of creatures—mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, and even insects—were illustrated by ancient southeastern artists. Animal imagery appears in both open air and cave art, although the kinds of animals vary between these two contexts. The animals used most intensively for food, however, were less commonly drawn on rock and cave walls. Animals that were depicted most often were those who could cross between land and water, from the air to the ground, or from the surface to subterranean worlds. We argue for a spiritual aspect to rock art animal images.

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Sacred Animal Images in Precontact Southeastern Rock Art. Jan Simek, Alan Cressler. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 443703)

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Spatial Coverage

min long: -93.735; min lat: 24.847 ; max long: -73.389; max lat: 39.572 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 20197